which tools for regular maintenance?

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  1. woodsie macrumors member

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    mac has been behaving pretty weird lately. i'm wondering what everyone uses and does to keep the hard drive/system in good health?

    i use mac janitor, but been told it's kinda useless.
    what about diagnostic stuff like disk warrior and tech tools?
     
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  3. inlimbo macrumors 6502

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    Ive been using MacJanitor. I downloaded Onyx the other day - it has a few other neat extras. For example Tiger f***ed up my help but Onyx fixed it. Yah! Thanks Onyx.

    I don't if one is better than the other?

    When looking for software versiontracker is your friend - www.versiontracker.com/macosx
     
  4. risc macrumors 68030

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    I use Anacron and run Disk Utility to repair permissions before and after upgrades, I haven't really needed anything else.

    Edit: I'd never heard of MacJanitor before I just went to the website it is a pointless application just install Anacron and forget about it. They do the exact same thing, 1 just does it the proper way the other is MacJanitor.

    Onyx looks like it does some extra stuff so it could be worth installing.
     
  5. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    Anacron is handy.

    For most things I use MainMenu, instead of OnyX. They do more or less the same, but I like having all the maintenance options available in my menu. :)
     
  6. fayans macrumors 6502a

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    Anacron does not work with Panther though.
     
  7. reh macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, it does.
     
  8. fayans macrumors 6502a

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    Gosh! I must have downloaded the Tiger-version then. Nevermind, I'll think I'm still fine with MacJanitor.
     
  9. risc macrumors 68030

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    I've posted links to the Panther version of Anacron heaps of times, I really wasn't going to do it again. Especially when the Tiger version has a link to the Panther / Jaguar version on the homepage, and this forum has a great search feature.

    Why? MacJanitor is a waste of your time. Welcome to UNIX we use anacron....
     
  10. wdlove macrumors P6

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    Thanks guys, I downloaded both. Will have to wait till I upgrade to Tiger of course for Anacron. ;)
     
  11. dukeblue91 macrumors 65816

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    Very cool program and just what I was looking for.
    Thanks for the link.
     
  12. devilot Moderator emeritus

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    Just to be redundant and irritating...

    I'll put in my vote for Anacron as well... I used MacJanitor for awhile, but I wouldn't always remember to use it so I jumped on Anacron when I read it about it here on MR.

    A thread about it here.
     
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  14. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    The only maintenance utility I've ever needed is AppleJack. It works when nothing else will.
     
  15. EGT macrumors 68000

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    I second Mainmenu. Great little utility. Is it still being updated? The batch tasks have been "in development" for a long time.
     
  16. risc macrumors 68030

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    Why? Anacron for Tiger works on Tiger, and the other version works perfectly on the older versions of OS X.
     
  17. risc macrumors 68030

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    You just gave me the reason I need to install it, thanks. :)
     
  18. woodsie thread starter macrumors member

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    does anyone use disk warrior or tech tools pro?

    aren't these apps different to the regular maintenance stuff?. ie when your mac goes a little haywire.
     

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